In our project sites in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands we carry out school programs teaching children through games and other interactive sessions about the importance of protecting the marine environment from overfishing and other human induced change. We are often invited by communities to advise on the selection and set up of new marine protected areas.
In our project areas, there is limited government provided education and therefore school fees and associated costs like transport, books and uniforms are driving the need for higher incomes. Without education, young people have limited future job opportunities.
We believe community engagement, participation and empowerment are key to successful adaptation actions at the local level. We are currently invovled with the development of a novelmarine monitoring toolkit with the participation of community resource monitors to inform local action and management. It has been piloted in North Efate, Vanuatu to allow communities to take ownership of monitoring their marine resources.
OceansWatch (OW) has been coming to Vanuatu since 2008 and has carried out work throughout the country from Efate, Malekula, Epi to Espirito Santo to Gaua and Vanua Lava. Primarily work has been carried out in the more isolated communities where other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have not been able to access. During the 2016 expedition the villages of Dolav, Ontar and Qetegaveg on Gaua were revisited by two members of the team who visited the communities in 2015 with two additional members.